05.05.09 Best Dressed

Who Was The Best Dressed At The Costume Institute Gala?

Runway To The Costume Institute Gala

Runway To The Costume Institute Gala

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39 Responses to Who Was The Best Dressed At The Costume Institute Gala?

  1. Nikita May 8, 2009 at 04:59 #

    Not to mention Blake picks her own clothes, so we see her style and not a stylists’ 🙂

  2. Nikita May 8, 2009 at 04:56 #

    FC, I would have liked to see Blake Lively as well, but I see the logic. This is a best dressed list,and the majority of them are indeed very well dressed. However, except for maybe five out of the thirteen, they are completely safe, nice looking and thus imho, not the most fashionable.

    To me, in fashion and other creative areas, if you please everyone you probably played safe and didn’t try hard enough, and if you please no one it probably sucked. When the opinion varies from love and hate, I think that’s when you have actually nailed it, that to me is fashionable. Thus I consider Blake among the most fashionable at the MET, and not only did she fit the ‘model’ theme with the make up and hair, but also did something new and totally rocked it. That’s not an easy dress to wear.

    That said, I think for this event, being ‘fashionable’ is more important than being ‘well dressed’, (based on my constructs) which is more relevant for awards shows and such. We should a ‘most fashionable’ list!

  3. Fashion Critic May 6, 2009 at 07:54 #

    There is a good mix of actresses and models, and I tried to accommodate everyone.

    Sorry if your favourite is not there, but I couldn’t make this list any bigger.

    There are lot of requests for Blake Lively to be added, but I had I put her in I would have got more people asking me if I was crazy to include her. 🙂

  4. Anonymous May 6, 2009 at 07:47 #

    What about Kate Bosworth and Blake Lively?

  5. Anonymous May 6, 2009 at 04:14 #

    I’m not sure why Blake Lively is not there. She by far made the biggest WOW factor impression.

    She got it so right and I think picked a dress perfectly in between statement mini and ballgown.

  6. Ally May 6, 2009 at 02:59 #

    What about Kate Bosworth? Not a contender? I would’ve voted for her.

  7. Lala/S-R May 6, 2009 at 02:25 #

    Come to think of it, this is going to be a hard pick!

  8. Lala/S-R May 6, 2009 at 02:24 #

    I think Kerry Washington, Claudia Schiffer, or Anne Hathaway should undoubtedly win this. VOTE OR DIE, PEOPLE!

  9. Mira May 6, 2009 at 01:53 #

    hands down claudia schiffer.

    was it just me, or was there alot of marc jacobs on the red carpet?

  10. Kris May 6, 2009 at 01:17 #

    I absolutely hate Anne’s look. That hair?? Are you kidding me? She looks like a Southern housewife with too much hairspray who was chosen to come to a fashion gala through some contest and decided, well i needs ta get maself a shiny, short dress oh yes i do. I’m flabbergasted! That whole ..look is so tacky.

    The Marchesa’s are amazing, and while Georgina looks stunning, I don’t think that minis are right for a gala (with few exceptions, that being Kate Moss) so I’m torn between the two Kates who remembered what this event is all about: outstanding gowns (Beckinsale) and outstanding personal style (Moss).

  11. zoe aka drinkupthefashion May 6, 2009 at 00:56 #

    my vote goes to the great kate (beckinsale)!

    there are so many amazing outfits to comment on. i just wanted to add that mary kate looked outstanding at the costume institute gala! i usually prefer ashley over mk, but at this event mk has won my heart. <333

  12. Dana May 5, 2009 at 22:38 #

    My two favorites were Liv Tyler and Claire Danes, but I admit that they both played it pretty safe, maybe not the best idea for this particular event.

  13. Kayla May 5, 2009 at 22:20 #

    I vote for Blake Lively even though she’s not one of the choices.

  14. Paulo May 5, 2009 at 22:14 #

    No Kate Bosworth???! She looked marvelous.

  15. Anonymous May 5, 2009 at 21:51 #

    Ok, sorry. I didn’t think when I wrote that. I ment what I wrote, but I should’ve put it some other way.

    I really do realize and appriciate what you’re doing. I was watching pictures on and it took me almost an hour and half and I’ve been refreshing your blog every two hours since morning and was amazed how you’re doing that.
    To be even more fair, you had pictures very early in the day, you even managed to make Runway to Gala post (where you have to find and frame pictures, which takes even more time), whereas put pictures in the afternoon.

    Wow, long post… But I tend to talk a lot when I want to appologize someone and/or explain myself.


  16. patti May 5, 2009 at 21:41 #

    the celebs are a big DISAPPOINTMENT ! the only ones who look great are marion, amer rose in that gorgeous red thing, kate bosworth and liv tyler.

    jessica looks cute. i like her accessories. and i really like diane in that dress, but the black shoes are so wrong.
    and then there are a few who look JUST ok.
    the one half of the celebs don’t really stand out. and the other half are dressed really crazy.
    what’s with madonna ?!
    even mk dissappointed me.

    kate moss looks beautiful even with that thing on her head. and anne h looks really bad, i think. bad dress and even worse hair.

  17. Renee May 5, 2009 at 21:22 #

    Where is Blake Lively?
    she was the best dressed by far, unlike claudia schiffer , the dress is nice but the hair is the same, messy as hell.
    Blake deserves. she pulled out the dress much better than the model.


  18. Ayesha May 5, 2009 at 21:11 #

    Definitely would’ve voted for Ashley O had she been included. But Marion Cotillard for this poll. WOW. I miss her on the red carpet so much..she always looks so french and beautiful. And also (Please don’t kill me fashion gods), Gisele’s Versace dress looks tacky..the spaghetti straps and the too tight, too short factor just cheapen it. The shoes are vomit inducing as well. Kate Moss is ridiculously perfect.

  19. Anonymous May 5, 2009 at 21:10 #

    MARION COTILLAR is so glamoure!!!!

  20. Lauren May 5, 2009 at 20:24 #

    I just had to vote for Anne. Im absoloutly loving her hair and her dress is stunning! Second would have to be Kate! Simply Beautiful.

    Btw, I have a dress in a similar colour to Diane Kruger’s and I was wondering what colour shoes I should wear? I had bee thinking of black, but looking at he outfit Ive decided against it.

  21. ber May 5, 2009 at 20:12 #

    Had to vote for Claire, with Iman at a close second.

  22. Dana May 5, 2009 at 20:03 #

    Both Marchesa’s – STUNNING. I dream of wearing one of their dresses one day.
    Marion- WAY overrated. she looked uncomfortable and hair and makeup let her down big.
    Liv- too stuff, boxy, yuck.
    Anja- SO cute, but not CIG material.
    ANNE- MY FAVORITE! AMAZING! Loved the color combo, how she stood out, her hair, her attitude, everything!
    Iman is so beautiful, I love her!

  23. Fashion Critic May 5, 2009 at 20:03 #

    Dominika, thanks for your comment.

    I spent most of yesterday evening and most of today updating the posts as new pictures came in all the time.

    I don’t think any other website featured a much as I did, and if they did, I’m sure they possibly had a team of people, whereas I’m only one person.

    The only picture I found of Oluchi was from the side, which didn’t show off the dress properly.

    I’m really sorry I couldn’t feature everything you wanted, but I’m only one person with limited resources and time.

    Thanks again for your comment.

  24. Hoardmeister May 5, 2009 at 19:44 #

    For me, dahling, out of your selection, it would have to be Liv Tyler. Love the dark drama of the dress and hair! I’m so TIRED of neutrals!

  25. Anonymous May 5, 2009 at 19:38 #

    I just can’t believe how much I do NOT agree with you on the best dressed this time! I voted for Anne, cause she looked like it wasn’t even her, but Liv Tyler… Her hair and make-up were great but the dress is blah. And here you may not agree wth me, but I really dislike Claudia Shoiffer in Versace. She does not look as bad as Emma Roberts, but it’s close.
    There where so many that you didn’t even show… For example: Elizabeth Hurley in Elie Saab was hard to recognize and Oluchi Onweagba in Oscar de la Renta – whoever she is – looked so amazing.


  26. Fashion Critic May 5, 2009 at 19:38 #

    I was torn between the Marchesa’s and Marion. On the end it just had to be Georgie

  27. Avi May 5, 2009 at 19:37 #

    I’m sorry, but what about Lou Doillon? She looked amazing in that red Nina Ricci dress.

  28. Ola May 5, 2009 at 19:33 #

    I could give my vote for Gisele legs (I could kill for them!), but it’s not the point.. it’s horribly difficult choice.. I love Claudia dress, but it looks much better on georgina strojkovic…
    in the end my vote goes to georgina chapman, there is no many people who can wear this and look so beautiful 🙂

  29. Anonymous May 5, 2009 at 19:30 #

    kate moss.

  30. Anonymous May 5, 2009 at 19:29 #

    Thanks FC, you did a really great job! But you have missed some great pictures: 2 Givenchy Couture dresses and others)

    From Russia With Love

  31. Priti May 5, 2009 at 19:21 #

    Wow….I really can’t decide bewteen the two Marchesa dresses and Claire…I am trying to look from the point of view of it being the Costume Institue Gala and not a usual afair…
    BTW..I am really disapponted with Heidi …she was making pregnancy look so super glam…what went wrong..??
    And is it just me or you also feel that Eva Longoria was looking super super HOT!!

    I think I am going to clean my history and vote for multiple people..I apologize FC for cheating..but I can’t just decide.

  32. Freida fan May 5, 2009 at 19:10 #

    im torn between Marion, Anne and Iman.
    Marion just blew me away with th elegance of the look. Anne had that wow factor and Iman is just in a league of her own she can put some of these younger models to shame.

    I voted Marion in the end.

  33. robbie May 5, 2009 at 19:02 #

    at first i was going to be marion, then i was going to vote for anne but iman just blows me away so she gets my vote.

  34. Isla May 5, 2009 at 18:38 #

    Blake Lively in Versace Fall 2009

  35. Raquel May 5, 2009 at 18:36 #

    I’m torn between Anne, Iman and Marion, but I’m voting for Anne because it’s a FASHION gala and it’s hard to wear a short dress and don’t make it look like it is just another red carpet event, which is the problem with Gisele and Anja.

    But Anne rocked the look, and the hair is so out of her comfort zone and it suits her so well and it is sooo sassy at the same time, I’m in love. I must say that the turquoise earrngs add a nice contrast to the purple/eggplant dress and light her face.

    I love Diane, but this dress is meh, too cute-cutie for a grown up woman and she ruined it with the black acessories.

    FC, I know you must ne exhausted, but if you want and could, would you post some pics of the men? I always think men are really underdressed in the red carpet and galas like this one are one the very few occasions they do dress up…

  36. Nikki May 5, 2009 at 18:35 #

    I voted for Claire OUTSTANDING. Its a hard dision I love Georgina Champan and Kate Beckinsale in there Marchesas. I love Annes 2 because i wouln’t think of her wearing this, and i love the deep purple.

  37. Ally May 5, 2009 at 18:21 #

    For me it is a toss up b/w Kate Beckinsale and Claire Danes. They both look amazing.

  38. zhaib18 May 5, 2009 at 18:13 #



    It looked like her hair got stuck in the 60’s

    Claire Danes was what defines Hollywood!!

  39. Vera May 5, 2009 at 18:08 #

    Voted for Anne.

    Although it’s not her idea – of the look – but she outstands it.

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